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Jul 15
Evaluation Regional Development Program Albania - consultant needed

Dear all,

The Embassy of Switzerland in Albania is looking for a consultant or team of consultants for conducting an evaluation for Regional Development Program in Albania.

Time dedicated to the mandate: 35 days, between October to December 2020. The evaluationforesees a field mission in Albania, tentatively in the period from 16-27 November 2020 (subject of confirmation). ​

Application process: We invite organizations/teams of consultants who wish to apply to refer to the attached Terms of Reference (ToR - 771.221_7F-07021.04_ToRs_RDP evaluation.docx) including a cover letter, with CVs and previous background on similar assignments,  and a competitive quote) by e-mail to elda.bagaviki@eda.admin.ch by August 24, 2020 COB.

In case of questions or clarifications needed, organizations/teams of consultants will be invited to an interview by phone or videoconference.

We would appreciate if you can distribute this announcement within your networks.


 

Best regards,

Elda Bagaviki

National Programme Officer

Decentralisation and Local Governance

 

Embassy of Switzerland in Albania

Rruga Ibrahim Rugova, 3/1

1019 Tirana, Albania

Tel: + 355 04 2240102

      + 355 682060482

      + 41584803915

elda.bagaviki@eda.admin.ch;

https://www.eda.admin.ch/albania


 

Jul 08
Recherche d'un/une consultant/e international/e pour une mission d’évaluation

La Division Coopération Internationale de l’Ambassade de Suisse en Tunisie est à la recherche d'un/une consultant/e international/e pour une mission d’évaluation à mi-parcours des projets suisses PEV en Tunisie principalement. Le dernier délai de postulation est le 20 juillet 2020.

Pour tous renseignements concernant ce mandat veuillez consulter ces TDS.  

Si vous avez encore des questions n’hésitez pas à contacter willi.graf@eda.admin.ch  ou nosra.ayari@eda.admin.ch.

L’offre doit être envoyée au plus tard le 20/07/2020 par voie électronique aux adresses e-mail suivantes : willi.graf@eda.admin.ch  et nosra.ayari@eda.admin.ch

 


 

Jun 23
Online Presentation and Discussion: “How we work with civil society”

INVITATION
  Online Presentation and Discussion "How we work with civil society"
Thursday, 9 July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30h

Dear colleagues

The scope for civil society to operate and engage in policy processes and as a watchdog, without fear of official disapproval, violence and judicial pursuits, has narrowed in the past two decades. The CIVICUS Monitor reported in 2019 that 40% of the world's population now lives in countries with repressed civic space.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is clear on the need to engage civil society organisations (CSOs) in implementing and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals. With their capacity to bring the voices of those on the frontlines of poverty, inequality and vulnerability into development processes, CSOs can help to ensure no one is left behind. In order to work to their maximum potential, CSOs need members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to provide and promote enabling environments.

We are happy to invite you to the online presentation and discussion of the following recently published Study and Guidance Note:

  • OECD/DAC Study: Development Assistance Committee Members and Civil Society

    This study provides a comprehensive review of the various ways in which DAC members support and engage with civil society. It argues that they can do more to make their civil society policies and practices effective. To that end, the study provides action points for further discussion with DAC members, CSOs, and others, to be developed into a guidance or a recommendation for how members can improve the effectiveness of their work with civil society, and, by extension, make environments for CSOs more enabling.
     


 
In the face of increased restrictions encountered by civil society - hindering it to operate effectively as an actor of development - the SDC networks DDLGN and FCHRnet formulated a guidance sheet titled Responding to the Contested Space for Civil Society. This guidance draws on a learning journey that involved SDC staff from country office and in Bern.  It provides an overview of the main characteristics and drivers of shrinking space for Civil Society and provides concrete responses for SDC along four dimensions considering policy, programmatic responses, alliance-building and evidence-generation.

 
 

 
More details regarding the programme and speakers and the skype link to the event will follow soon with an outlook invitation to all network participants. 

Registrations by accepting the upcoming outlook invitation are welcome by 6 July 2020. 
 
We are looking forward to interesting presentations and discussions.  

 Warm regards,

Rahel Bösch

Head of Institutional Partnership Division

Ursula Keller

Senior Policy Advisor Governance /DDLGN

Jun 22
Trainings on: Policy coherence & Natural Resource Management

Current Policy Debate

In 2020, the course «Current Development Debate» focuses on the question of policy coherence for sustainable development. The global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achievable only if international, national and local policies interact coherently. Similarly, the Swiss Development Cooperation is able to realize its purpose only if its measures and instruments aren`t undermined by other policies. SDG 17 calls for improved policy coherence for sustainable development. Is this realistic? What does this mean for the Swiss Development Cooperation`s strategic positioning? The course aims to provide participants with a better understanding of policy coherence for sustainable development and its implications for Swiss Development Cooperation stakeholders.

https://nadel.ethz.ch/education/spring-semester-2020/current-development-debate---policy-coherence-for-development-.html

Natural Resource Management 

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and NADEL Centre for Development and Cooperation are now accepting applications for the advanced course: "Natural Resource Governance and Development: Policies and Practice".

This advanced-​level multi-​stakeholder course is open to exceptional leaders from government, civil society, parliaments, media, international development agencies, industry associations as well as academics, researchers and analysts from universities and think tanks.

The main goal is to introduce analytical tools of political economy to enhance understanding of the crucial impact of politics and power on policy outcomes. Each part of the course will include interactive lectures, group discussions, and practical skill-​building workshops or policy labs, as well as guest presentations by leading experts.

https://nadel.ethz.ch/education/spring-semester-2020/resourcegovernance.html​

Jun 21
External Review of Afghanistan Urban Safety and Security Programme

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Afghanistan is looking for a team of consultant to conduct the external review of Afghanistan Urban Safety and Security Programme (AUSSP). 

We would highly encourage you to kindly ensure the circulation of this vacancy widely to your network in order to find qualified and experienced individuals.

You can find more details about the job in the below link. 

http://www.acbar.org/jobs/62177/Consultancy-for-the-External-Review-of-AUSSP.jsp 


 

Best Regards

 

Rohullah Esmati  

Senior Programme Officer

 Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Swiss Cooperation Office in Afghanistan ​

Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan

Office:  + 93 790 080 800

Mobil:   +93 729 880 845

Rohullah.esmati@eda.admin.ch

www.eda.admin.ch/afghanistan


 


 

Jun 19
Measuring inclusiveness and quality of participatory processes

​Dear colleagues,

I would like to ask for your help in measuring inclusivness and quality of participation in the decision-making processes at the local level. 

We are now in the process of elaborating a new phase of our long-term local governance project and have issues of coming up with qualitative indicators for inclusion and participation of citizens in local decision-making.

I would appreciate examples of such indicators from your local governance projects.

Best regards,

Elena

Elena Zakirova (Ms.)
National Program Officer, Governance

 

Swiss Embassy

Swiss Cooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic

 

21 Erkindik boulevard

Bishkek 720040, Kyrgyzstan

Phone + 996 312 301036 (ext. 845382)

Phone: +41 58 48 45382

Fax + 996 312 303677

Cell: + 996 550 106 235

E-mail: elena.zakirova@eda.admin.ch

Web-site: www.eda.admin.ch/bishkek


 


 

Jun 16
Team of consultants for scoping study on migration

Dear all,

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Kyrgyzstan is looking for a consultant or team of consultants for conducting a scoping study on internal migrants living in illegal (semi-formal) settlements in Kyrgyzstan.

 

Time dedicated to the mission: 30 person-days, between August and September 2020 (according to the agreed scoping study plan). The work in the field will depend on the epidemiological situation in the country and might be postponed for a later period. ​

Application process:

We invite organizations/teams of consultants who wish to apply to refer to the attached Terms of Reference (ToR) and to send their applications (including a cover letter, information about proposed approach and methodology, team composition with CVs and previous background on similar assignments,  and a competitive quote) by e-mail to elena.zakirova@eda.admin.ch by July 6, 2020 COB.

In case of questions or clarifications needed, organizations/teams of consultants will be invited to an interview by phone or videoconference.

https://www.shareweb.ch/site/DDLGN/news/Site%20Assets/ToR_scoping%20study.pdf


 

We would appreciate if you can distribute this announcement within your networks.

Best regards,

Elena Zakirova (Ms.)
National Program Officer, Governance

 

Swiss Embassy

Swiss Cooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic

21 Erkindik boulevard

Bishkek 720040, Kyrgyzstan

Phone + 996 312 301036 (ext. 845382)

Phone: +41 58 48 45382

Fax + 996 312 303677

Cell: + 996 550 106 235

E-mail: elena.zakirova@eda.admin.ch

Web-site: www.eda.admin.ch/bishkek



Jun 15
U4 Webinar on Corruption, civil society and Covid-19 - Monday 29 June

 

U4 WEBINAR

CORRUPTION, CIVIL SOCIETY & COVID-19
Digital empowerment for social accountability

 

 

MONDAY 29 JUNE

13.30 – 14.30 CET

THIS WEBINARS IS FOR

Development practitioners working in M&E, audit and compliance

Civil society actors and representatives

Register now

 

PRESENTERS
Guillaume Nicaise  U4 Senior Adviser
Per Aarvik  U4 Afiliated Expert
Angela Oduor Lungati Chief Executive Officer https://www.ushahidi.com/

FACILITATOR
Saul Mullard U4 Senior Adviser


Dear Colleague,

Now that civic engagement and accountability have moved online, there are many resources that development practitioners can draw upon to mobilise digital participation, and engage civil society as watchdog.

This webinar will illustrate the role that digital tools and platforms can play in supporting civil society and donors in this time of social distancing. Through a dialogue between the different actors involved, and the review of case-studies, we will explore how donors can tap into citizens as resource for digital monitoring.

 

We will also discuss the preconditions and technical considerations related to the successful implementation of these digital solutions. 

 

Recommended readings
How to do social accountability during distancing and lockdowns
Supporting civil society during the Covid-19 pandemic

Use the link below to register today, and we will send you updates and further information before the event.

Please get in touch if you have questions: Saul Mullard (saul.mullard@cmi.no)  

The webinar is on Zoom.us
REGISTER

A link to join the webinar will be sent on your email address upon registration
Jun 05
Webinar: Democracy in the times of Corona

9 June 2020, 9:45 – 11:45 CEST

The Embassy of Sweden in Seoul and International IDEA are co-hosting a webinar on how to protect democracy during the outbreak of COVID-19, sharing examples and experiences from Australia, the Republic of Korea and Sweden. 

​The webinar includes a high level session with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Australia, Korea and Sweden and the Secretary General of International IDEA followed by an expert discussion with professors from the three countries and the IDEA Director for Asia and the Pacific as well as the Swedish Ambassador in Seoul.

 

For attendance to this webinar, please visit the registration page.
 


 

May 29
DeLoG Webinar "Enabling Local Governments to Tackle the COVID-19 Response and Recovery"

The Secretariat of the Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly invite you to a webinar on:

"Enabling Local Governments to Tackle the COVID-19 Response and Recovery"

The webinar will take place on Wednesday,  03 June 2020, from 03:30 pm – 05:00 pm CEST / 09:30 am – 11:00 am EST.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

Background:

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of fast, effective local action to slow the spread of the virus. The effectiveness of the response to COVID-19 has varied significantly across national territories, which not only reflects differences in the geographical spread of the virus, but also differences in the approaches taken by local governments as first responders. Local governments have faced tremendous challenges in addressing the needs of testing, social distancing and focused treatment which can effectively stop the virus. Some countries neglected the role of local governments in the early response and later publicly acknowledged how costly this neglect has been.

At the same time, local governments while grappling with this health crisis are facing massive economic consequences of the closures and slowdowns resulting in critical needs for social welfare and support while at the same time shrinking local governments revenues for their essential functions and basic service delivery. Being doubly challenged at a time when citizens are increasingly turning to local governments for guidance and assistance requires targeted, timely and effective solutions to get ahead of the curve and manage the response and recovery.

Finance is a critical need for local governments to respond effectively to the pandemic as well as to be able to address long-term recovery needs from the economic impact being experienced in many regions world-wide:

  • Therefore, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is assisting Local Governments in several ways, for example: through the use of existing intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems as a channel for emergency funds; enabling use of Operational Expenditure Block Grants which allow additional funds to be used with greater flexibility by local governments for immediate response measures; supporting local governments in repurposing existing budgets in view of changing priorities and possible disruption of revenues; and collaborating with central banks and institutions to enable effective COVID recovery assistance for local governments, PPPs and small local businesses.
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has also developed a framework of support to local governments focusing on Business Continuity Management (BCM). BCM aims to advise and enable local governments to continue governance functions during this critical period through effective support for participation and citizen engagement in COVID response, digitalisation of government systems to allow governance functions to continue during periods of closure as well as supporting access to finance.

In this webinar, UNCDF and UNDP will present some of their experiences from Uganda and Senegal in assisting local governments at the frontlines of the crisis to respond to the demands placed by the pandemic as well as maintain core government functions. Besides these concrete project examples, a special focus will also be put on inclusion and gender in COVID-19 response and recovery to discuss how local governments can ensure needs of all are addressed.

​Speakers:

  • David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance, UNCDF
  • Amita Gill, Local Governance Specialist, UNDP
  • Tehmina Akhtar, Deputy Director, Local Development Finance, UNCDF
  • Dmitry Pozhidaev, Decentralisation Advisor, Local Development Finance, UNCDF
  • Christel Alvergne, Team Leader, Local Development Finance, UNCDF

    During the webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide live feedback through polls. Questions unanswered during the webinar will be shared with the speakers for written replies. The webinar will be open to the public. Therefore, please feel free to share this invitation with potentially interested partners in your network.

    For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

    The webinar is jointly organised by the DeLoG Secretariat and UNCDF.


 

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